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Philo of Alexandria (20 BC?-50 AD?)

Posted: Thu Apr 25, 2019 7:06 pm
by Nicholas
Now, one may properly call both these philanthropic men, and also the lovers of God, but half perfect in virtue; for those only are perfect who have a good reputation in both points.
But those who do not attend to their duties towards men and who yet do not devote themselves to piety and holiness towards God, may be thought to have changed into the nature of wild beasts, the very preeminence among whom, in point of ferocity, those are entitled to who neglect their parents, being hostile to both the divisions of virtue above mentioned, namely, piety towards God, and their duty towards men.

Re: Philo of Alexandria (20?-50?)

Posted: Thu Apr 25, 2019 7:23 pm
by Nicholas
Now the tree of life is virtue in the most comprehensive sense, which some term goodness. From it the particular virtues derive their existence.

Re: Philo of Alexandria (20 BC?-50 AD?)

Posted: Thu Apr 25, 2019 10:34 pm
by Nicholas
Be zealous therefore, O soul, to become a house of God (theou oikos), a holy temple, a most beauteous abiding-place, for perchance, perchance the Master of the whole world's household shall be thine too and keep thee under his care as his special house, to preserve thee evermore strongly guarded and unharmed.

Re: Philo of Alexandria (20 BC?-50 AD?)

Posted: Fri Apr 26, 2019 8:03 pm
by Nicholas
For wisdom is most common, most equal and most helpful. But when it sees humans perversely increase in the opposite direction and being altogether uncontrolled and willful, it returns to its own place.

Re: Philo of Alexandria (20 BC?-50 AD?)

Posted: Mon Jun 24, 2019 8:37 pm
by Nicholas
The vocation of these philosophers is disclosed at once by their
name, for they are called, according to the true meaning or etymology
of the words, Therapeutae and Therapeutrides [literally, "healers,"
male and female], either insofar as they profess an art of healing better
than that practiced in the cities - for the latter cures only the
body, while theirs treats also souls mastered by grievous and virtually
incurable diseases, inflicted by pleasures and lusts, mental pains and
fears, by acts of greed, folly, and injustice, and the endless multitude
of the other mental disturbances and vices - or else they are so called
because they have been taught by nature and the holy laws to worship
the Existent who is better than the Good, purer than the One,
and more primal then the Monad...
Let the sect of the Therapeutae, taught in advance to exercise their sight,
aim at the vision of the Existent, and soar above the sense-perceptible sun
and never abandon this post which leads to perfect happiness. And those who
come to this service neither through force of habit nor on the advice
or exhortation of others but because they have been ravished by a
heavenly passion are possessed like Bacchants and Corybants until
they behold the object of their longing.
From his "Contemplative Life" - translated by David Winston.